This is an analysis of the poem The Frontier Line that begins with:

What marks the frontier line? Thou man of India, say! Is it the Himalayas sheer, The rocks and valleys of Cashmere, Or Indus as she seeks the south... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a a X a X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1100111101001000101010111001011011101010001111111110111110011 1100111101010010101110100010101011110101011111111111110011 11001111000100111111100110111011011111110111111001010100110 1100111101010011101110101011101010101011001111110111110011 100111110111011101011111010101010101110101011111110111011100110
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 262
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 5
  • Average number of symbols per line: 263 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 49
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; frontier, line, that, what, marks, of, and, where, not, or, 'not, it, thou, to, from, by, ', man are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word what is repeated.

    The author used the same word what at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines line is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word line at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Frontier Line;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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